Top 10 Blake Shelton Songs
With a successful new television show, a marriage to fellow country star Miranda Lambert, and the celebration of his 35th birthday, 2011 has been the year of the Shelton so far — but we're just getting started. Taste of Country capped our favorite tracks into a Top 10 Blake Shelton songs list, from the days of the long hair (okay, the mullet) to today, 'The Voice' coach has come a long way in his looks and his music. Of course, we're loving all of the Shelton hits, classic to contemporary. Check out our list of the Top 10 Blake Shelton Songs!
'Kiss My Country A---'
Not a true American? Then Blake Shelton wants you to talk to the hand and kiss his country you-know-what. But he's not the only one who's ready to defend his country and his country-saturated lifestyle. 'Kiss My Country A---' was co-written and originally recorded by Georgia singer Rhett Akins, and re-released by Shelton on his 2010 'Hillbilly Bone' EP.
'She Wouldn't Be Gone'
'She Wouldn't Be Gone' is one of those Blake Shelton songs that just about everybody knows, whether they wear Wranglers and cowboy hats or not. Not only did this track become the country hitmaker's fifth No. 1 single on the Hot Country Songs chart, it also found its way into the Top 50 of Billboard's Hot 100 list. Unfortunately, it resonates with all sorts of folks, because it's one of those staple love songs full of regret that hold true across all genres and leave you achin' for more.
'Ol' Red' is no new country song, and it's no Blake Shelton song, either; But he gives it his own creative stamp nonetheless. Both George Jones and Kenny Rogers released this one before the 'Hillbilly Bone' singer got his hands on it in 2001 and released it as the final single from his debut self-titled album in 2002. Much like the color of the trusty dog in the song, this track lit a red-hot fire under Blake Shelton's career and funneled the singer into the less hairy version we know today.
'Draggin' the River'
"This is our love story," Blake Shelton says as the beginning of this track, a duet with his then-girlfriend Miranda Lambert. Ironically, the couple sings about running away to elope, because no one approves of their relationship in this sweet tune that appeared on Shelton's 2010 EP, 'All About Tonight.' In the lyrics, 'The Voice' coach says he'd go to any length to keep his woman at his side, and their plan must have worked, because they tied the knot on May 14 -- with their family's blessing.
Nobody does humor like Blake Shelton, and his 2004 single 'Some Beach' does humor a favor. We'll refrain from stating the obvious, but obviously, it's a play on the mushed-together southern dialect and the phrase 'son of a...' -- you get the idea. As an Okie who married a Texan, the tall, dark and handsome singer has likely encountered his fair share of difficult-to-understand and dirty-talkin' folk. This one is a hoot and it had Shelton laughing all the way to the bank when it marked its place as his third No. 1 chart single, and ever since, it's had us dreaming of a far away beach-front bar.
There's really no question why this one makes our Top Blake Shelton Songs list, because it's unquestionably the singer's most memorable track to date. 'Hillbilly Bone' says what we're already thinking: Everybody is a little bit country. Not only that, but it's a double-whammy of country stars and partying with the assist of 'Just Fishin'' hitmaker Trace Adkins. This 2009 single was a No. 1 for both of the country men, and snagged Shelton his first ACM for Vocal Event of the Year back in 2010. We consider it more of a daily necessity, though!
'Nobody but Me'
'Nobody but Me' is somewhat out of the ordinary for Shelton, mostly because it's straight forward, well-mannered and well, a love song. The cowboy begs and pleads with his woman to stick around, instructing her "don't go loving on nobody but me." We don't like to see our favorite country funny man with his heart on his sleeve, but we can rest assured knowing that Shelton got his perfect lady in the end.
'Honey Bee' is Blake Shelton's most recent single and the first from his forthcoming 2011 album, 'Red River Blue,' which impacts on July 12. After just ten weeks on the charts, it has also become his ninth career No. 1 single, and in the week of his 35th birthday, it couldn't be more of a present. Given the mushy, sweet and sticky lyrics, we can't help but think that Miranda Lambert has made Blake a little soft. We don't mind, though, so long as our "honey bee" keeps spilling out the hit singles.
'All About Tonight'
Blake Shelton isn't just a country star, he's a messenger, too. In 'All About Tonight' he brings some helpful insight on how to have a good time: "Tomorrow can wait 'til tomorrow, it's all about tonight." True that! We love the country rocker's carefree partying attitude, and this No. 1 track still has us shaking our groove thing and searching for the nearest koozie a year after it first hit our radio that fateful, unforgettable Saturday night in early 2010.
'Who Are You When I'm Not Looking'
Okay, so maybe Shelton does like to get in touch with his emotional side every now and then. 'Who Are You When I'm Not Looking' tops our list of the best Blake Shelton songs ever not only because it was yet another No. 1 for the singer in 2010, but because it's sweet, sensitive and makes us ponder what Shelton is really like behind the scenes. It's important to note that Joe Nichols dropped this one in 2007, but it didn't reach its star potential until Blake did it. We'll admit it, sometimes we like even the most rugged of country stars to show a little skin, and the sincerity in this soothing ballad is as bare as it gets.